1. Stake tomatoes.  Double your crop.  I use the Marks' Choice spiral tomato stakes

2. Apply bordo mixture to tomatoes to prevent early blight. Once every 2 weeks all summer.

3. Prune evergreens, especially cedars including cedar hedges.

4. Remove spent flowers from your peonies and other spring flowering plants.  It is true that if you remove spent lilac flowers, the plant will bloom more prolifically next year. 

5.  Fertilize your lawn.  After some good rain, go for it and use CIL Iron Plus .





6.  Put out hummingbird feeders.  Clean the ones that you have.

7.  Feed container grown plants like petunias and geraniums with  20-20-20 water soluble plant food every 10 days to 2 weeks.  All summer.

8.  Relax. Hammock time... read a good book.  I just picked up a copy of 'The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs' by Peter Wohlleben.  I enjoyed his previous book 'The Hidden Life of Trees' and I'm looking forward to reading this one.

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Root Waterer



Tired of watching water spill over the edge of containers when you hydrate them?  

Do you have plants on a slope that are just impossible to water without it running downhill?  

Try this. The new Mark's Choice root waterer is better than sliced bread.

For one, it places water where it is needed - at the root zone. Watch the video

Second, aluminum construction means it won't rust or wear out. Ever.

Attach to a water wand and save your back.

Made in Canada.

Yup. You read right.

Like I said. I like it. And I believe you will too.

Mark's Choice. Only at Home Hardware.

Item#5042-002 and 5042-003


More about Mark and Ben:

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author & broadcaster and holds the Order of Canada. His son Ben is a fourth-generation urban gardener and graduate of Guelph and Dalhousie University. You can sign up for their free monthly newsletter and find his weekly podcast & blog at www.markcullen.com.

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